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Nov 9, 2009

James Adderley with the latest in sporting news

Story PictureGood evening, I’m James Adderley and we welcome you to this dispatch of Sports Monday.

With Ida gone, the Belize Premier Football League staged week eleven of its annual competition as advertised going into the weekend. On Saturday inside the M.C.C. Grounds, the Belize Defence Force played host to the San Pedro Dolphins in a match that didn’t even matter because the four playoff teams had already emerged going in. This allows the Military to work its bench and indeed they started out well enough as Oliver Wiltshire picks out Evan Mariano who is beaten to the pill by the San Pedro keeper Alden Augustine. It’s more military offense when Kareem Haylock launches this set piece knocked down by Gilbert Swaso who heads it in only to be denied by a late offside flag by the referee’s assistant. On this press, Evan Mariano outruns the Dolphins defense but his attempt to finish leaves much to be desired. Alden Augustine must have a charmed life, especially today when this grass head burned from Gilbert Swaso skims past the far upright. Even when Evan Mariano finally gets one between the sticks, Augustine is let off the hook by the offside call. Swaso then moves to Mariano thinking he’s finally broken through, only to be foiled by a big save from Augustine and at the half we have a scoreless ballgame without any real threat from the San Pedro Dolphins.

In second half, the visitors come out more offensive minded as Orlando Pinelo tries to rekindle his glory days with this off put. Okay folks, let’s just accept the fact that Mariano will not come up with a goal today for the B.D.F. so the army looks to Michael Martinez, who fires this set piece that forces Augustine into another good save. This time downfield, John Kidd Jr. gets the shot at goal but the left foot disappoints. Now watch Ludrick Gonzalez gift this ball to Jairo Sandoval whose first touch directs an excellent pass to Hilberto Caliz and just like that SP Dolphins grab the 1-zip lead at the seventy-fourth minute of play. A few minutes later, Caliz gets this chance to double the Dolphins’ lead but unleashes a high riser instead. The 1-zip holds up and San Pedro grabs the big W over the B.D.F. in the last outing of the regular season.

Thus Hankook Verdes finishes atop the regular season standings with eighteen points, the Belize Defence Force is second with fourteen, San Pedro Dolphins has ten, F.C. Belize seven, while Wagiya finishes in the cellar with six points. The top two teams move on to the semi-final round which begins this Sunday with Hankook Verdes hosting F.C. Belize while the B.D.F./San Pedro Dolphins match up is tentatively slated for seven-thirty p.m. on the eighteenth of November inside the Carl Ramos Stadium.

In other football news, the Belize Bank Super League kicks off its quarter finals this weekend with all eight teams in action. Saturday night at Dangriga, defending champion Valley Renaissance will host Placencia Assassin while on Sunday Paradise Freedom Fighters take on Texmar United; all in south zone play. In the north zone, there are two Sunday matches scheduled. Kraal Road will host Cayo South United at the M.C.C. Grounds and Hattieville F.C. will be at home against San Felipe Barcelona.

In cycling news, the UWI Open Campus in Belize is collaborating with the Belize Cycling Association to present Day of Races, this Sunday November, fifteenth on the Marine Parade Circuit. All categories will be included so we spoke to Jane Bennett, Head of the UWI Campus here in Belize to get the details.

Jane Bennett, Head of UWI Campus
“we will have races from primary school age, the high school age and the tertiary level as well as the junior youth, female, masters and elite from the Cycling Association. So we’re looking forward to an afternoon with many levels of races.”

James Adderley
“It sounds like an ambitious project. Will it become and annual fixture?”

Jane Bennett
“Yes, I have spoken to the Cycling Association and I have expressed my desire that we can host this kind of thing going forward every year and that we can go from strength to strength as people say. It can grow and involve more members of the general public as well as the “experienced riders.”

Turning to the table tennis competition at the Belize Elementary Auditorium in action on Saturday, Racqueteers edged Rivero Penta 5-4, No Mercy handled Usher-Matus 5-3, No Mercy edged Team ACE 5-4, while Rivero Penta rebounded to beat Usher-Matus 5-3. team Racqueteers leads the current standings with six wins, one loss; ACE is next with a record of six wins, two losses. Both teams are sure of a playoff spot with one more scheduled appearance to complete. Team Usher-Matus and Team Jabiru both show five wins, one loss apiece while Sugar City and Team Jones have won five and loss three each. Only two more spots are available for the next round and Saturday’s schedule will determine who moves on so we invite you to stay tuned.

Now let’s head to the City Center where the National High school Volleyball Tournament was staged on Saturday. Four teams reached this round of play on the male side with the Toledo Community battling Orange Walk Technical high for the 2009 title. Very quickly the Toledo Team won the first two sets 25-16, 25-19. So we join game three as O.W. tries to halt this run. We’re at twenty-two points apiece when Amir Pasqual sets up Peter Castillo Junior, who mighty smash makes it 23-22 for TCC. This smash from the Toledo team ties the score at 23-apiece. Jared Mariano comes right back to grab the one point lead with this hit that O.W.’s Walter Robles simply can’t handle. It’s an easy finish for the Toledo Community College when Jalil Lino places this ball perfectly to win the set 25-23 and with that win the 2009 male high school volleyball title in a sweep. We say congratulations.

On the female side, St. Catherine continued its dominance in the sport, keeping O.W. Technical 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 to claim the 2009 National high school female volleyball title. We say congratulations. Emma Hoare of St. Catherine emerged as the female MVP, while Keagan Ak of the Toledo Community College took home the male MVP award and we say kudos to one and all. Hey folks, that’s our show for today. we invite you back same time, same place, next week. Jah over all, I’m James Adderley.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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